News items of varying interest for your perusal...
Like every Friday, from Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes.
Although there exists a near-consensus among economists that trade liberalization strongly promotes growth and reduces poverty, concern about its ill effects has not abated among policymakers and the general public. Against this backdrop, in upcoming weeks we will review the links between openness, growth, and poverty reduction after first presenting the rationale for trade.
The Rationale for Trade
This is the title of a new report recently published by the World Bank's South Asia Region department.
Through this seed funding we are hoping to break a chicken-and-egg situation where investors will not invest in emerging markets for lack of information, and research providers will not enter the market for lack of demand. The object of the competition is to lead the market and to provide tools to a mainstream investment audience.
Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard thinks it's time to invest in Mexico. He cites its solid economic performance (3.5% growth this year), favorable demographics (lots of brand-new workers), consumer credit growth of 400% since 2000 (signaling a healthy middle class, and room to grow in the stock market (currently trading at just 37% of GDP).